The best road eBikes for £1,000 – £2,000 in 2023

The affordable road eBike you've always wanted is finally within your reach

best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000

by Myles Warwood |
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As budgets go, setting your sights on the best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000 is more than an adequate marketplace, both for choice and quality. Thankfully, some of the best eBikes available are also great road bikes. Apart from a welcome power assist, they're also a great enabler for getting back on the bike after injury or helping you achieve your fitness goals.

That said, some might consider this to be an entry-level bracket compared to an eBike that costs under £3,000. Most of the best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000 won't come with drop handlebars. They’ll mainly be flat bars, which are great for commuting eBikes and weekend riding. Flat bars offer more stability as they’re generally wider and slightly more comfortable. So, what should you look for?

We've gathered a selection of our favourite eBikes in this category. To help you decide which is right for you, we've examined their strengths and weaknesses considering factors like battery, motor, and distance. There's also a buyer's guide and some of your questions answered to narrow things down; especially important when you consider that commuting eBikes and city bikes share many of the same characteristics.

Best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000 in 2023 at a glance

Best overall road bike: Raleigh Trace Hybrid e-Bike - View at Tweeks Cycles
• Best budget road eBike: Pure Flux One Electric Bike - View at Robert Dyas
Best commuter road eBike: Cooper CR-7E - View at Bikestock
Best general-purpose electric road bike: Pendleton Somerby E - Mint 2021 - Electric Hybrid Bike - View at Halfords

So, here are our picks of the best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000 this year.

Best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000 in 2023

Best overall road eBike

Raleigh Trace Hybrid e-Bike
Price: £1,599.00 (was £2,199)

Well-respected brand Raleigh (you may remember the Raleigh Burner as a kid if you’re old enough) offers up the trace. With the Mahle X35 rear hub motor, you have hydraulic disc brakes here for superior stopping power. With its rear pannier rack and mudguards, this road bike would be great for commuting.


  • Very well designed and built, with flexible hybrid styling
  • Nicely specced and ready to go thanks to lights, mudguards and more
  • Light enough to lug around if you have to
  • Hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano drivetrain means great power and control


  • Hydraulic disc brakes are difficult to service

Best budget road eBike

Ideal for beginners, the Pure Flux One has a removable 299Wh battery that will take up to five hours to charge and be 80% charged in three hours. You’ll get up to 45km of range, depending on how you use the bike’s motors, weight and riding conditions. It may be a starter e-bike but that's exactly why we picked it for our top budget spot. More people who are new to e-bikes should definitely give this one a go, and experienced riders on a budget won't go far wrong either.


  • Excellent entry-level road eBike with a lot of features for the money
  • Three power modes are easy to use
  • The belt-driven gear is oil-free for clean operation and easy maintenance


  • Only a single-gear

Best commuter road eBike

Cooper CR-7E
Price: £1,750.00 (was £2,450)

Cooper, as in Mini Cooper? Yep, they make eBikes now. And this one looks excellent with its tan leather on the handlebars, deep purple paint and tan wall tyres. Moreover, it’s the perfect road bike for your commute with front and rear pannier racks and mudguards.

A 250-watt 40Nm of torque Zehus rear hub motor, powered by a 173Wh Li-ion battery, will help you bust the canal paths, roads, hills, and whatever you have on your commute. Cooper claims this will be good for up to 60km or 40 miles.


  • Clever technology mixed with classic design
  • Laka insurance included for peace of mind
  • Great for commuting and longer road trips


  • The battery could be bigger, but it is super discreet
  • The racing handlebars may not be to everyone's taste

Best general-purpose electric road bike

Taking an already low-priced bike and putting a low-priced eBike motor on is one way to ensure you get a budget option. The Pendleton Somerby doesn’t have the highest specs and carries through to the eBike version.

However, for getting about town at relatively low speed, the Tektro V-brakes will suffice, and an 8-speed Shimano Acera cassette (13T – 32T) means you won’t be going at high speed anyway, especially when combined with the bike's 22kg weight. You won’t be setting records on too many Strava segments riding it. The Bafang 36V 250W motor is similar to that which you can buy from Amazon, and utilising 317Wh Samsung batteries, it should give you up to 50 miles of range with three different assist levels.


  • Excellent motor for a budget e-bike
  • Shimano Acera 8-speed gearing for smooth and consistent shifting
  • Lightweight aluminium step-through frame makes it a practical all-rounder
  • Full-length metal mudguards, chainguards and luggage rack


  • V-brakes aren’t the best
  • A hefty bike

Best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000 in 2023: Buyer's guide

Before you take the plunge and go shopping for the best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000, here's the low down on what to look for:

Identify your riding needs to choose the right frame

The basic types of e-bikes have various forms and functions. The best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000 can include features sometimes seen on other types of bikes. So, to let you identify a road bike from some of their close cousins, here's a quick overview of eBike types:

Road bikes and City bikes

Often with enough range to travel far and wide, a road bike is used on roads with flat surfaces. But, City bikes are often more comfortable. Many of these will also have a more upright seating position for comfort. City riders need similar features to Road Bikes but as they typically make shorter runs the battery and torque can be lower down the list.

Commuter bikes

Every commuter needs decent battery life and road bike handling. But, they may need to hop on and off other forms of transport. A folding electric bike is an excellent option for portability in urban environments. They don't often make great road bikes though, as foldability often comes with smaller wheel diameters. They can also be heavier.

Mountain bikes

Motorised mountain bikes make hill climbs and descents easier and you can ride for longer. Thanks to the powered assistance, exploring further is a real possibility. The better equipped they are the heavier they can become - unless your budget can be expanded. An e-bike costing under £1000 is therefore likely to be a lot heavier due to the cheaper build methods used. There's often no good reason why this can't be used as a road bike, but you may find the added suspension takes some of your downward pedal power away from you.

Hybrid bikes

Hybrids combine features from most of the above. This makes them a great all-rounder. A hybrid electric will let you combine a wide range of cycling activities without worrying about comfort or going for some light off-road rides. They may not be as comfortable or have as long a range as a dedicated road bike though.

Choose based on different types of motor

There are two main types of eBike motors: Ones that work on the pedals to assist you, and ones that work on the rear hub. The latter assists the rear wheel to turn rather than the pedals.

We've found that Bosch motors, which are pedal mounted, generally give the most boost and so reduce fatigue. Because the power is directly mounted to the pedal, you feel it instantly. They are though generally more bulky, but that also means they can deliver more torque than rear hub motors.

Motors on the rear hub are much more compact. About the size of the big gear on your cassette, they’re much more discrete. They provide plenty of power and are also very discrete.


Best road eBikes for £1,000 - £2,000 in 2023: FAQs

Yes, absolutely, but they have to conform to some rules: The motor must be restricted to 250 watts and 15.5mph. If you want to find out more, What’s The Best has previously discussed in an explainer around the UK law on eBikes.

What’s a hub motor?

Bikes around this price point will mainly have a rear hub motor, named as such because they’re located in the hub of the rear wheel. They’re more popular at this price because they’re generally cheaper and easier to install than a crank motor housed between the pedals.

While a hub motor is lighter and cheaper, its drawbacks are that it isn’t as powerful. It will still give you an additional boost of up to 250 watts but won’t match the torque a crank motor can produce. This means that using more powerful modes will drain the battery more, and climbs won’t be as easy as they could be with a crank-motored eBike. If you were looking to off-road with an electric mountain bike, a crank motor would be superior.

Integrated batteries

There are two choices of batteries on eBikes: Those which you can mount to the bike’s frame (usually where to bottle holders are) and those integrated into the frame. Integrated batteries keep a bike’s sleek design features. At first glance, with a rear hub motor, you’d barely even notice that the bike was an eBike.

These batteries are generally smaller, and designers have to consider cooling - so they can’t just be stuffed into the frame without careful consideration. Another factor is that they’re not always removable. This can make charging your bike difficult if you don’t have somewhere to store it.

Myles Warwood is an Autos & Fitness Product Writer for What's The Best, Parkers and CAR. His areas of expertise include cycling, fitness tech and hot hatches.

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